30 June 2010

Some Festival news


THE MUFFINS is one of those amazing bands that you used to hear about from the 1970s...after it had disbanded. Formed in 1973, the band released its first official album, "Manna/Mirage," in 1978. This would later be hailed as one of the best all-time American prog releases from the 70s and an essential release for any progressive music collection. But while the band developed a cult following on the US east coast, notoriety on a larger scale was elusive. Despite continuing to create excellent music and working with artists like Fred Frith (the band backed Frith on his 1980 album "Gravity"), THE MUFFINS played it's last show of the period in 1981 and broke up soon afterwards.

However, the legend of THE MUFFINS continued to grow long after its demise and in 1998 the progressive music scene was given a reprieve when the original members decided that they still had something to say and reformed. Unlike many other "reunions," THE MUFFINS really DID still have something to say and the band started writing and playing music again like they had never taken a 17 year vacation. This culminated in the release of a new critically acclaimed studio album, "Bandwidth," in 2001. Since then the band has continued to record and perform, appearing at ProgDay in 2001 and 2002, and at NEARfest in 2005. We are very happy to host the return of THE MUFFINS to the Storybook Farm stage.

THE MUFFINS is joined by Half Past Four and Mahogany Frog at ProgDay 2010. ProgDay is the longest running progressive rock festival in the world. The 16th edition will take place on Saturday, September 4, and Sunday, September 5, at Storybook Farm in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. For more information, and to hear music from this year's bands, please visit us at http://www.progday.net


Signed for NEARfest 2011 are simakDIALOG (Indonesia) and Gosta Berlings Saga (Sweden). Bios to follow shortly, or alternatively:

http://www.progarchives.com/artist.asp?id=3083 (Gosta Berlings Saga)

http://www.progarchives.com/artist.asp?id=4831 (simakDIALOG)



German progressive rock band RPWL was signed this week as the 4th performer at the 7th annual CalProg Progressive Rock Festival. The event will be held on October 2 at the Center Theater in Whittier California. The complete lineup is:



District 97


Tickets go on sale Saturday July 10 @ 7am. All seats reserved.

Visit http://www.calprog.com for more details and to listen to audio samples of the bands.


The Summers End Festival to be held at Lydney Town Hall, Gloucestershire on October 8,9,10 is delighted to announce that day tickets will go on sale on 1st July from www.summersend.co.uk. We are also pleased to announce the draft day line-ups now that all the bands have been confirmed.

Ticket prices. Day tickets Friday - £17. Saturday and Sunday - £27.50 per day

A small booking fee will be applied to each order to cover the transaction fees for online purchases. Still available: 3 day tickets £60. 2 day (Saturday and Sunday) tickets £45

Draft line up - subject to change

Friday 8th October

The Defence of the Realm with 3Js and a P - featuring Jem Godfrey, Pete Trewavas and John Mitchell (UK)

Tinyfish (UK)

Unto Us (UK)

Saturday 9th October

Karmakanic (Sweden)

Agents of Mercy (Sweden)

Unitopia (Australia)

Ark (UK)

Haken (UK)

Sunday 10th October

The Watch (Italy)

Sylvan (Germany)

Phideaux (USA)

Dead Heroes Club (Ireland)

Multifuse (UK, France, Italy)



Mark C said...

Years ago when I was married, I met a woman who was a friend of my ex-wife's family, and it turned out that we had similar tastes in music. She also mentioned that she was a big fan of what she called "acid jazz," and mentioned Tom Scott as a favorite in that genre. I confessed that I had no idea what defined "acid jazz."
After seeing Tom and the Muffins (had never heard of them, btw) at Nearfest, I started to think about that meeting years ago, and wondered if what she referred to as acid jazz is what we call RIO today? Would you say that's accurate?

Bill K. said...

Not at all. Acid jazz..well, I'll just do a copy/paste from Wiki:

"Acid jazz is a musical genre that combines elements of jazz, funk and hip-hop, particularly looped beats. It developed in the UK over the 1980s and 1990s and could be seen as tacking the sound of jazz-funk onto electronic dance: jazz-funk musicians such as Roy Ayers, Donald Byrd and Grant Green are often credited as forerunners of acid jazz. Acid jazz has also experienced minor influences from soul music, house music, acid rock, and disco."

It's possible the Tom Scott being referred to is this one:


Also a sax player, but a totally different one.

firefly said...

Seeing that Agents of Mercy and Karmakanic are both playing the Summer's End Festival, it makes me wonder if The Flower Kings are throwing in the towel?
I have not heard the "Agents'" CD but I have Karmakanic: Boss in the Factory and it's really good, got it from Progwalker, who said "Agents" is good stuff, too!
BTW, I read somewhere that Jonas has his masters in music!
He's a cool dude, too, I met him a couple of times!
Maybe Agents and the Karm's will do a set together that day; wish I could go!

Bill K. said...

Doubtful. This is what Roine said back in January of 2008:

"And yes, work is about to start compiling material for next FlowerKings album, but that will be a very long process this time, we'll put in 50% more effort into finding the right songs/lyrics and also make sure that whatever we play it is going to be 100% valid and from the heart as well as played with both bones, precision and passion. It may take a year, or two, but we're going to get there to give you all that you love about TFK and prog in general, only better this time."

Since then they did shows in 08, plus Roine got the Agents of Mercy thing going, plus Transatlantic, plus Tomas had his solo thing, Jonas and Karmakanic, et cetera. The break may well re-energise the band and allow them to recommence with renewed ideas and desires to play.